During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world demonstrate their resilience and spiritual devotion by fasting. Many people commit to fasting from dawn until dusk for thirty days as an opportunity to reflect. However, some people are unable to sustain this without jeopardizing their health and well-being.
As a parent, caring for two disabled daughters with cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia, has been one of the hardest jobs. I have always made it my goal to ensure that my girls had the same opportunities afforded to them as everyone else. However, the reality of raising twins with disabilities, is that even though you want to give them the world, it is not always easy without the aid of a community around you.
There are many misconceptions and cultural biases when it comes to people with disabilities, especially as a Muslim family. Some of our extended family members believed that it was a “curse” to have a child with a disability. We were seen to be less fortunate, and our Islamic community tried not to include us in the mosque. However, the five pillars of Islam have accommodations set for those who have an illness or disability, allowing for an adaption in the instance where they are not able to physically perform their prayers or fast during Ramadan.
For those that are not familiar the five pillars of Islam, here are the core belief systems and practices of Islam:
City of Barrie - Movement Sense - Barrie
The goal is to move! In this sensory aware, adapted environment, kids will get to release all their energy in a variety of different ways such as dance, obstacle courses, drum fit, sport programs, etc.
City of Barrie - Creative Sense - Barrie
Need a creative outlet? Creative sense can be that for your child!
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